“A far cry from the diminutive glamorous breed of today, early Yorkshire Terriers were developed in the north of England in the mid-19th century for the job of dispatching rats in the coal pits and cotton mills. They were also featured combatants in rat-killing contests. But in those days, the breed was roughly twice the size of today’s Yorkies. It’s believed the Dandie Dinmont, Black and Tan and Skye Terriers were interbred to produce the original Yorkie. Then a cross to a Maltese reduced the breed in size. About that time, it began to be regarded as a Toy breed rather than a terrier; in 1886 it was given the breed name of Yorkshire Terrier. Breeding the attractive little Yorkies became a cottage industry in Yorkshire when the breed caught the fancy of wealthy ladies. The Yorkie has gone on to become one of the most popular Toy breeds.
Even though the Yorkshire Terrier is often a very pampered pet, it is still loaded with spirit and displays its terrier heritage. It does make an alert watchdog.
Playful, bouncy and inquisitive, the Yorkie is an active dog that really doesn’t know or care how small he might be. Its exercise needs are minimal, making it a good choice for stay-at-homes or couch potatoes. This is not a breed for small children.
The dainty dogs should not exceed 7 lb (3 kg) in weight.
The long body coat is glossy, fine, silky and straight. Hair on the muzzle is very long.
The coat is steel-blue in colour, with tan head and legs. Pups are born almost black but their coats clear to blue by a year of age.
Daily brushing is essential.